A house explosion in the Pin Point Community of Chatham County injured three people early Monday. Although the cause is still under investigation, officials suspect a propane tank caused the house on 9913 Pin Point Avenue to explode.

When firefighters arrived, they found a full-blown structure fire and evidence of an explosion. Neighbors told WTOC News they called 911 for over an hour before dispatch answered.

First responders airlifted three burn survivors to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, where a baby is in critical condition. Marcella “Marcie” Townsend, her 14-year-old son Christian Townsend, and her 4-month old nephew were seriously burned in the fire. Family friends set up a Go Fund Me page to help support the Townsend family.

Investigators are looking into whether a propane tank behind the house caused the explosion. Chatham Emergency Services says the “very old” 250-gallon propane tank had not exploded. 

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